Heartbreak at the French Open: Novak Djokovic loses to Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon in 2013

Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon in 2013

From the high of American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown, I plunge to the low of Novak Djokovic losing to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final.

After routing Rafael Nadal in three sets – unthinkable at Roland-Garros and a whole other kind of heartbreak – and outlasting Andy Murray in five sets, Nole fell to Stan in four. He was so close to his dream of a career Grand Slam. It wasn’t to be. At least not this year.

It’s easy to make excuses – and Nole, to his credit, has learned not to make them even though beating Rafa and Andy back-to-back must’ve produced a physical and emotional letdown – but he simply got outplayed by a player who has beaten him in big matches before, like the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2014.

Still, the heart is heavy for him. And yet, look how long it took for another Triple Crown champ.

Congrats, Stan. And Nole, live to fight another day.